"Our best students must learn how to learn" - Nobel Winner, Sir Martin Evans

Posted on 16 March 2011

Professor Sir Martin Evans

Delivered by Nobel Prize Winner Professor Sir Martin Evans, last night marked the inaugural Global Academy Annual Innovation Lecture, held in Cardiff Castle.(read here how the Western Mail covered this story)

The lecture centred on Sir Martin’s indefatigable work within the field of stem cell research and underscored its impact on our everyday lives.

In attendance were 80 people made up of representatives of bioscience companies, academics, luminaries of the public health sector as well as Prince of Wales Innovation Scholars (POWIS).

POWIS is a £12 million programme, funded through European Regional Development Funds, the private sector and the University of Wales, which aims to recruit 100 talented scholars to assist innovative Welsh companies develop new products, processes and services.

The aim of the lecture, managed by the University of Wales Global Academy, is to bring POWIS scholars and leaders within the field of innovation together to share best practice and learn from a distinguished scientist who, throughout his career, has accrued manifold awards in recognition of his services to stem cell research.   

Sir Martin is also co-founder of Cell Therapy Ltd, a Wales based bioscience company that collaborates closely with the Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarships programme.

Speaking at the lecture, Director of the University of Wales Global Academy, Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, commented;

“By developing programmes such as POWIS, the University of Wales is encouraging greater innovation across Wales. We are especially proud that Sir Martin has agreed to give the first in this series of innovation lectures which will provide the inspiration for a new generation of scientists, engineers and, hopefully, Nobel Prize winners based in Wales.”

Sir Martin Evans, added;

“It is important not to teach students just to learn, but to learn to explore outside of the boxes we tend to put them into.”



If you were not able to attend this year’s lecture, those interested will soon be able to view a recording of it via the Global Academy’s newly launched website (www.globalacademy.org.uk)

For more information about the Global Academy, please email: global.academy@wales.ac.uk or visit: www.globalacademy.org.uk  

For more information on The University of Wales please visit: www.wales.ac.uk

For press and media information, please contact Communications Officer, Tomas Llewelyn Barrett t.barrett@wales.ac.uk, 02920 376 937. 



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